Download the 2012 Beetle Quick Start Guide (.pdf)
Keyless access with push-button start
The days of locking your keys in the car are essentially over, thanks to the available keyless access with push-button start feature. With your keys in your pocket or purse, your doors will automatically unlock as you approach the driver’s side door. Then, once you’re inside, a simple press of the start button turns the ignition on so you can drive off on your next adventure.
Completely redesignedPrepare yourself to get stared at. A lot. Because the design of the all new Beetle is magnetic, iconic, and utterly unique. That gorgeous curvy profile and famous front end are recognizable around the world, and there are dozens of nicknames to prove it. To say that it’s a Volkswagen is actually an understatement. It’s the Volkswagen. It’s the soul of the brand. It’s the face that launched a global company
2.5L in-line 5-cylinder engine
The all new Beetle comes with a gutsy 2.5L, 170-hp, in-line 5-cylinder engine with 177 lbs/ft of torque. That means quick acceleration and passing power, and when the light turns green, some serious get up and go.² It boasts an impressive highway 29 mpg³ that helps you effortlessly tick off hours of freeway travel and it’s lots of fun zipping around town, too.
There are other ways to help save on gas besides searching for the cheapest pump. With regular checkups and mindful driving techniques, you could save a bundle.
Help save fuel with regular maintenance
Keep filters clean.
The air filter helps protect your engine from impurities. Replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one can improve acceleration time by around 6 to 11%.**
Maintain your engine.
Keeping your engine purring helps lead to long engine life and better gas mileage. If your car has failed an emissions test or is out of tune, fixing the problem can improve your gas mileage by 4%, on average.**
Keep an eye on PSI.
Keep the tires on your Volkswagen running on the recommended tire pressure noted on the interior of your driver’s side door. It can increase your fuel efficiency by as much as 3%.** The Tire Pressure Monitoring System on your Volkswagen helps monitor tire pressure and a light on your dashboard will alert you if pressure gets too low.
Use Volkswagen-approved oil.
We recommend synthetic motor oil to help improve gas mileage 1 to 2%.** Ask your local Volkswagen dealer which oil is best for your Volkswagen model.
VW Approved Oils
The way you drive makes a difference
Consider how you use the gas pedal. You’ll be surprised how much money you can save over time.
It’s been proven that heavy acceleration and abrupt braking or speeding can lower gas mileage by 5% around town, and over 33% on the highway.**
Avoid excess weight.
Keep your trunk and back seat free of unnecessary, heavy stuff.
You get zero miles per gallon when you idle, so avoid idling whenever possible. However, it’s normal for some models to idle at 1,600 rpm when you start them, if they’ve been off a few hours. This will warm up your engine and ultimately help lower your emissions.
At speeds over 60 mph, gas mileage usually decreases. So lighten up on the accelerator and keep your speed at a steady 55-60 mph.
Use cruise control.
Help improve your gas mileage by maintaining a constant speed on major roads and in free-flowing traffic.
Combining your errands into one outing avoids unnecessary cold starts, helps keep your engine running warm and more efficiently, and can even reduce your overall mileage and gas consumption.